About MIND Research Institute

20 Years of Redefining Math Education

In the early 1990s, three University of California researchers united behind a simple yet innovative idea: let's teach math the way children learn—through visuals and experiences. In 1998, they created an independent nonprofit now known as MIND Research Institute. They applied that experiential learning approach to the development of innovative, visually-based software games, leading to the creation of Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math®.

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ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving. The program deeply engages, motivates, and challenges students toward higher achievement.

Through ongoing research, we continue to investigate key questions about learning, mathematics, and how the brain works. We work to create unique and effective learning environments for students and teachers, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our Story


April 28, JiJi the penguin was created


MIND is founded by 3 UC researchers: Dr. Gordon Shaw, Dr. Matthew Peterson, Dr. Mark Bodner


ST Math program is officially released,
reaching 1,000 students in 3 states


ST Math transitions to a full web-based delivery


Dr. Peterson gives popular TEDx talk, "Teaching Math Without Words"


ST Math launches with touch-enabled features, for access from tablet devices


ST Math program recognized by Business Roundtable


 Inaugural Math Fair reaches 4,200


Family Math Night pilots began


1 million students using ST Math


MIND’s flagship podcast is launched


MIND receives U.S. patent for spatial-temporal teaching approach


MIND provides free access to ST Math for schools and families during COVID-related school closures


Our leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds in academia, business, law, and philanthropy, but they all have one thing in common: a passion for improving math education.

Meet Our Team

Passionate Hearts, Brilliant MINDs

Imagine a career where your skills and creativity can redefine math education around the country.

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